computer extremely slow, not a easy fix
I am an advanced user, so I have reset PRAM, fixed permissions, re-installed the system, did a hardware reset.
My Macbook Pro 17" i7 Mid-2010 pro has two problems, the trackpad does not work well for about 3 years now, to drag anything is a chore, don't know if this is related to the problem.
But the computer takes about 8 minutes to boot, then Skype which starts automatically only logs in about 10 min after I am using the computer.
Typing on safari takes one minute, I type fast and have to wait for the beach ball to see if what I wrote is correct
switching from program to program also causes beach balls, finder is often "not responding"
the RAM is not full, there is no process using up the processor on activity monitor, RAM has about 1.2 gb free and nothing using more than 15% of processor power.
I can use photoshop fine after it has loaded, but it takes a long time to load. Safari is slow most of the time, to type a google search takes minutes and I have to wait constantly for the text to catch up with my typing.
I can not load the ATH , holding D does nothing.
It was like this with OX 10.7, then I installed mavericks, did not do much, re-installed mavericks last week, nothing.
reset pram, hardware reset (holding down power for 10 sec) all disk repair options done.
after the hardware reset it usually gets better for 2 days, but not much better, but after 2 or 3 days it is unusable and must be restarted at least.
could it be related to trackpad bad contacts?? does it look like ram or HD problems? need some direction on what to try next.
Is this a good question?